Man lucky to be alive after 6 foot metal bar pierced through his skull

Eduardo Leite with the metal bar through his head 
By: John Roberts 

A man is lucky to be alive after his skull was pierced all the way through by an iron pole.

A construction worker, 24-years-old, survived, after a 6-foot long metal bar fell from a roof and went through his head, doctors said on Friday. Luiz Alexandre Essinger, chief of staff at the Miguel Couto Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, said doctors successfully removed the iron rod of the skull of Eduardo Leite, during a five-hour operation.

"He was taken to the operating room, his skull was opened, then, doctors examined his brain and the surgeon decided to pull the metal bar out from the front of his head in the same direction it entered the brain," said Essinger.

Leite said he was conscious when he arrived at the hospital and he told them what had happened. He said Leite was lucid and showed no ill affects after the operation.

The bar fell from the fifth floor of a building under construction, and went through Leite. It entered his skull and went between his eyes, Essinger said, adding: "It really was a miracle that he survived."